Posted by: G. Lane Cavalier | July 2, 2008

Movies: I Am Legend

Finally got around to watching the Will Smith film “I am Legend”.

Overall, I was satisfied with the movie, though not to the point that it is a must watch. I really like Will Smith and as such had much higher hopes for this movie from the trailers.

The movie takes place on the Island of Manhattan in New York several years after a ‘cure’ for cancer has mutated into a viral strain that kills off 90% of the population, converts a significant portion of the rest to ‘night walkers’ which are zombie like creatures, and leaves a few unaffected.

Smith plays a military researcher/doctor who is trying to find a cure for the virus and as such goes through a lot of the typical “End of the World as We Know It” scenarios. The relationship he develops with his dog is interesting and the Smith gets pretty good mileage out of the character’s attempts to assimilate in the environment.

The problem with the movie stems from the predictability in how things happen. I felt like I was often one scene ahead.

Glad I rented it from blockbuster, but even more happy I didn’t pay theater prices for it, though a few of the scenes would have probably gained drama on the big screen.



  1. Thanks for the review, we were contemplating getting this this weekend. 🙂

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